Definition of Newton's law of gravitation
1. Noun. (physics) the law that states any two bodies attract each other with a force that is directly proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them.
Generic synonyms: Law, Law Of Nature
Group relationships: Gravitational Theory, Newton's Theory Of Gravitation, Theory Of Gravitation, Theory Of Gravity
Category relationships: Natural Philosophy, Physics
Terms within: Constant Of Gravitation, G, Gravitational Constant, Universal Gravitational Constant
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Literary usage of Newton's law of gravitation
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1. Theoretical Chemistry from the Standpoint of Avogadro's Rule & Thermodynamics by Walther Nernst (1904)
"Mass may be referred to length and time by means of Newton-s law of gravitation (Maxwell) : The gas equation pv = KT may by putting R = 1 be used to define ..."
2. The Phase Rule and Its Applications by Alexander Findlay (1904)
"For example, Newton-s law of " gravitation "—that two masses approach each other as if impelled by a force which varies directly as their masses, ..."
3. Electrical Engineering: First Course by Ernst Julius Berg, Walter Lyman Upson (1916)
"It is similar to NEWTON,S law of gravitation and is: where F is the force acting upon the point charges Qi and Q2, or the magnet poles of strength mi and m2 ..."
4. Mechanics, Molecular Physics and Heat: A Twelve Weeks' College Course by Robert Andrews Millikan (1903)
"The mathematical statement of Newton,s law of gravitation is foe —j-, in which/ is the force acting between any two bodies, m and M their respective masses ..."
5. Mechanics: An Elementary Text-book, Theoretical and Practical, for Colleges by Richard Glazebrook (1895)
"... from the definition of force that the weight of a body is proportional to its mass; this result also is in accordance with Newton-s law of gravitation. ..."
6. Transaction by Texas Medical Association (1876)
"Before the announcement of Newton-s law of gravitation, astronomy was the most conjectural of all the sciences, but with the thread furnished us by this ..."
7. Applications of the Calculus to Mechanics by Earle Raymond Hedrick, Oliver Dimon Kellogg (1909)
"... 107 Momentum, 106, 107 Motion. See Rectilinear motion, Plane motion, etc. Newton,s law of gravitation, 49 Newton,s third law, 89 Nonconcurrent forces, ..."